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So Wait, Penn and Hughes are Bros Now? Well, That Sucks For UFC 123

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Good news and bad news for people who were worried about how BJ Penn might react after demoralizing, back-to-back losses to Frankie Edgar this year: On the positive side, Penn’s not hanging it up. In fact, he says in the above vid with Fighters Only Magazine that he’s intent on fighting even more often and actually sounds like a 22-year-old “TUF” rookie just embarking on his UFC career when he starts talking about how he’s still tweaking his training and trying to figure out what works best for him. For a dude who in times past appeared cripplingly preoccupied with his place in the history of the sport, that renewed sense of himself has to be a good thing.

So, the bad news? Well, he and Matt Hughes are cool now, which pretty much takes all the fun out of the pair’s upcoming third meeting at UFC 123. Frankly, if this fight isn’t a grudge match, then it’s not immediately clear why anyone is supposed to care about it, let alone watch.

“I have a compassion to fight Matt Hughes,” Penn says at the 3:05 mark, though we’re not sure the word ‘compassion’ means exactly what he thinks it means. “We are — in a way — rivals, I guess. Definitely, if you would’ve asked me six years ago if I liked Matt Hughes I probably would’ve said no. If you asked me today … you know what, I have closer friends, we’re not close, but there probably isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for Matt Hughes if you asked me. Time heals all wounds. Time changes things. I’ve got no animosity toward Matt Hughes whatsoever.”

Yep, that’s a major buzzkill.

Penn vs. Hughes 3 was a weird piece of booking to begin with, given that Penn is coming off two consecutive losses at lightweight and Hughes most recently has put together two wins at 170-pounds. On the surface, the matchup only seemed halfway interesting because, A) Hughes and Penn don’t like each other and B) BJ needs to avoid his third straight loss.

Reason B is obviously severely undermined by the simple fact that a loss here only means Penn has to go back to lightweight and beat up someone like George Sotiropoulos or Clay Guida. If Hughes and Penn don’t even hate each other anymore then it’s hard to view this as anything other than a fight between two old-ish dudes in different weight classes who are just playing out the string to it’s inevitable end.

I mean, it’s fine, but it’s probably not going to help sell a pay-per-view that is so far otherwise hanging its hat on Lyoto Machida’s certain destruction of Rampage Jackson and appearances by a bunch of B-listers like Mark Munoz, Karo Parisyan and Tyson Griffin.

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itsgalf- October 2, 2010 at 7:17 am
I don't know about you guys..but I can't figure out how those mirrors in the video work out.....I'm so confused!
dsaints74- October 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm
by the way frankie good job on pulling off the upset TWICE. sorry bj im always a fan but damn frankie you deserve some credit bro,,,FIGHT ON! i hope you kick the shit outta that bully mayNERD too. lol
dsaints74- October 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm
not trying to piss anyone off but if so ,,,oh well shit happens. doesent anybody think even if these guys are friends or foes it would still be a good fight. both these dudes have been putting on a show for us for years(if your a real ufc fan and have been actually watching you already know).and it dont matter that frankie bounced around bj like a rabbit in both is still a bad ass and matt is trying to push his way back to the top,,so i think they will give us a good show regardless if they are cool with each other. shit ive seen best friends and brothers beat the shit outta each other and they were REAL tight with one another. ps. and it will be a hella of a lot better fight than a fkn washed up cro cop and a shitty lookin frank mir. id get my ass kicked by either one of those big dudes but they dont stand a big chance in the ufc heavyweight division with all those real badasses. maybe 5 yrs ago,,,not now(sorry mir and cro cp,,,u used to be the shit,,now your skills are shit. give it up.
halfbreed23- September 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm
"Lyoto Machida’s certain destruction of Rampage Jackson"

CP is like the TUF of MMA reporting. Inexperienced and amateur.

As for BJ vs Hughes 3, I've been wanting it ever since Hughes pulled that horseshoe out of his ass during BJ/Hughes 2.

As for blasting the card, there have been much worse UFC cards this year and much worse to come.

I'm thinking CP says dumb shit to get a reaction or simply has a huge lack of knowledge when it comes to this sport.
RwilsonR- September 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm
@ Smitty - I sure hope your funny feeling is correct. I would love nothing more than for Hughes to destroy BJ.

I doubt it is going to happen, though. Hughes has looked small for his division lately, he has looked slow, and only mildly motivated. I hope I'm wrong.
rampagejaxson- September 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm
"Machida's certain destruction of Rampage"???? are we serious CP? Take the tiny asian penis out of your mouth.... damn... I mean I know you pick sides n all but giving the dragon ZJ's on a regular basis is pretty low.
rampagejaxson- September 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm
"Machida's certain destruction of Rampage"???? are we serious CP? Take the tiny asian penis out of your mouth.... damn... I mean I know you pick sides n all but giving the dragon ZJ's on a regular basis is pretty low.
Get Off Me- September 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm
I know Smitty likes the taste of his feet....

Smitty Says:
Fri, 09/24/2010 - 15:03
Anyone pickin Bader over lil Nog, and are willing to bet money on it, needs to watch a little more MMA. I'm not sayin he CAN'T win, I'm just sayin you'd be pretty foolish to bet on it IMO. Good luck tho!

Sorry Smitty, humble pie is a good thing.
BryanF- September 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm
yeesh...i don't think penn's looked too stellar at 170. Didn't CP say that he Reminds them of Baby Sinclair from the Dinosaurs TV Show



vengful1- September 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm
I'd rather watch Machida/Rampage and Penn/Hughes 3 than Mir/CroCop and....uh I forgot already. Lil Nog and someone? Doesn't matter.
El Famous Burrito- September 30, 2010 at 11:14 am
Rampage has a big head, and Lyoto should hit it often, but I don't see Rampage going down.

Machida will do The Pee-Pee Dance to a decision.
Elentius- September 30, 2010 at 11:03 am
Yeah I like Lyoto and Page but I don't know about the destruction part. Do you guys like the taste of your feet?
DaltonSwayze- September 30, 2010 at 10:59 am
@831 Yeah, I think this fight is way more interesting than the next lightweight title fight.

In five years, who are the stars? Jon Jones, but who else? I hope they emerge soon, because otherwise we'll need a legends division for fighters that people actually want to see, like BJ and Hughes
Mr_Misanthropy- September 30, 2010 at 10:59 am
Clay Guida's biggest fight is with the hair farmers that want to harvest his crop, like it always is.
Jugger- September 30, 2010 at 10:57 am
"Frankly, if this fight isn’t a grudge match, then it’s not immediately clear why anyone is supposed to care about it, let alone watch."

Really? I'm hoping this is sarcasm. Otherwise you've been inhaling to many Chael fumes. By the way, do those give you the munchies?
Get Off Me- September 30, 2010 at 10:56 am
Who said you have to be a fighter to win in MMA?
Get ready for dancing with the UFC when Machida fights Rampage....what a bad match to make, they are killing Rampage off from the looks of it.

Does anyone know what weight Penn/Hughes is going down at?
Without the animosity, this fight still has appeal, kinda like a minor traffic accident on the side of the road style.
831 Father- September 30, 2010 at 10:55 am
Really? I'd rather Hughes/Penn fight than watch a good portion of the current cookie-cutter roster.
DaltonSwayze- September 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

You really think Rampage can beat him? If he tries to just hang around and land one big one, he's going to sleep. If he swarms him and throws a billion punches, he might be able to knock him out, but more likely he'll get countered to death.

I want a cartoon character like Jackson to be successful, but he's toast
Smitty- September 30, 2010 at 10:46 am
I hope BJ can return to his old form. Having said that, I have a funny feeling that Matt Hughs is gonna fuck him up.
Hexed79- September 30, 2010 at 10:45 am
Machida is clearly a more talented, technical and superior martial artist than Rampage. However, Rampage is a fighter and I don't think Machida is...

danomite- September 30, 2010 at 10:44 am
wait, this reminds me that I don't think we ever found out who Clay Guida's big fight was gonna be with. I'm pretty sure it's gotta be Gomi now but did UFC ever officially announce it?
Stak40- September 30, 2010 at 10:36 am
"Lyoto Machida’s certain destruction of Rampage Jackson" I dont know about that shit!
Fried Taco- September 30, 2010 at 10:33 am
But would he motorboat his ass?